Gemstones of Antiquity

Exhibition Dates: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gemstones of Antiquity PosterLike today, gemstones were prized in antiquity, and we have abundant evidence, both literary and archaeological, for their popularity. Their size, however, makes museum display challenging. We take the opportunity to showcase some of the Museum’s ancient gemstone collection in larger format, as well as contextualizing their importance and symbolism in Graeco-Roman culture.


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Museum Galleries are CLOSED.
The Museum is preparing to move to a new location at the lower east level of Ellis Library in the center of the MU campus.
Reopening date is as yet unknown. It is hope that the galleries will be open by Spring/Summer 2022.

"I still remember the feeling of awe and disbelief when I was alone and walked in the room with those casts." --Ruth Tofle, chair of architecture, winner of the 2013 distinguished faculty award from the MU Alumni Association